Wete

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City map of Wete (Pemba)
Market building in Wete

Wete[1] is a town located on the Tanzanian island of Pemba. It is the capital of Pemba North Region, as well as the administrative seat for Wete District. It lies on the west side of the north part of the island. The town has a 2013 estimated population of 29,606.[2]

To the southwest of Wete Harbour, about a kilometre away, is the small island of Matambwe, site of Shirazi ruins of a medieval town.[3]

The harbor at Wete was a major port-of-entry for Pemba;[4] however, in recent years it has been mostly superseded by Mkoani.[5]

Climate

Wete has a tropical climate, milder than Tanzania's mainland and milder than in Unguja island. This climate is classified as "Am" by the Köppen-Geiger system. The average temperature in Wete is 25.5 °C (78 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,714 mm. The monthly average temperatures are usually between 23.6 - 27.2 °C (74 °F - 81 °F). There are two rain seasons, with most rainfall coming between March and June and smaller rain season coming between November and December. Drier months are January - February, and a longer drier season between July to October.

Climate data for Wete
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.8
(87.4)
31.5
(88.7)
31.7
(89.1)
30.1
(86.2)
28.8
(83.8)
28.5
(83.3)
27.8
(82)
28.0
(82.4)
28.8
(83.8)
29.6
(85.3)
30.1
(86.2)
30.7
(87.3)
29.7
(85.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.7
(80.1)
27.1
(80.8)
27.2
(81)
26.4
(79.5)
25.2
(77.4)
24.5
(76.1)
23.7
(74.7)
23.6
(74.5)
24.1
(75.4)
24.9
(76.8)
25.7
(78.3)
26.5
(79.7)
25.5
(77.9)
Average low °C (°F) 22.7
(72.9)
22.7
(72.9)
22.8
(73)
22.7
(72.9)
21.7
(71.1)
20.5
(68.9)
19.6
(67.3)
19.2
(66.6)
19.4
(66.9)
20.2
(68.4)
21.4
(70.5)
22.4
(72.3)
21.3
(70.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 66
(2.6)
51
(2.01)
134
(5.28)
410
(16.14)
378
(14.88)
121
(4.76)
80
(3.15)
50
(1.97)
37
(1.46)
92
(3.62)
181
(7.13)
114
(4.49)
1,714
(67.48)
Source: Climate-Data.ORG[6]

Sport

The town is home to football clubs Jamhuri and Mwenge.

References

  1. ^ Wete (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ "Wete, city town or place in North Pemba". Word Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. 
  3. ^ Finke, Jens (2010). The Rough Guide to Zanzibar. Penguin. p. here. 
  4. ^ Gabe, Hans (1969). African harbour pilot. Hans Gade's Harbour Pilots (second ed.). Copenhagen: Hans Gade's Harbour Pilots Succ. p. 390. OCLC 97456. 
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Mary (2009). East Africa. Footscray, Victoria, Australia: Lonely Planet. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-74104-769-1. 
  6. ^ "Wete". Retrieved July 26, 2017. 

Coordinates: 5°03′24″S 39°43′41″E / 5.05667°S 39.72806°E / -5.05667; 39.72806